Len on tattoos: ‘They give me strength’ – MLB.com

Posted in Tattooing on Jul 25, 2021

WASHINGTON -- While collecting plenty of Major League experience over his 10-year career, Sandy Len has amassed something else: tattoos.

The 32-year-old Marlins catcher sports ink on both forearms and behind each ear. They are visible when he catches, bats and, as was the case on July 19, pitches.

Each tattoo has a meaning. Most are reminders of his motivation: his family and his faith.

Len got one of his first tattoos back in 2016. The almond tree on the inside of his left forearm was inspired by the Bible verses Jeremiah 1:12 (and 1:11), which say, And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what do you see? And I said, I see an almond branch. Then the Lord said to me, You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.

Im a Christian, and I like Bible verses a lot, Len said last week at Nationals Park, where he began his career in 2012. I think they help me, they give me strength.

Noting his most meaningful tattoos, Len pointed to the words scrawled in cursive on either side of his neck. On the left, faith, which he got in 2017. On the right, Noah and Nahomy, the names of his children. He penned that tribute in 2019, the year his daughter was born.

Theyre very small ones, but for me, theyre more important, Len said. I feel like theyre always with me. Every time I look in the mirror, I see the sides of my neck and I see my kids, and the faith, it reminds myself about my kids and the faith I have to have, especially in baseball. You go through a lot of stuff in baseball -- good things, bad things -- always try to stay positive and have faith in God and then just keep doing the right thing.

Len spends most of the year away from his family. His children, ages 2 and 3, are too young to travel, so they stay at home in Florida with his wife, Liliana. But when youre on the road for upwards of seven or 10 days at a time, there are things you miss.

You go back and see theyve grown a lot in only 10 days, Len said. Having this on my neck, I feel like theyre always with me. You always remember your kids, theyre your kids, but I feel like theyre always with me and, like, close to me.

Like many who have multiple tattoos, Len stays loyal to his tattoo artist, who is from Bogot, Colombia. During the 2020 offseason, the artist flew to Miami and stayed with Len for a few days to complete another tattoo. This one, a portrait of his son on his right forearm.

In the coming offseason, Len has plans to add a portrait of his daughter, just like the one he already has of his son, to his chest or forearm. He also wants to cover his back in Bible verses.

Ive got a whole lot, Len said. Its more than 20, so its going to be big ones. It might take a couple of years, but thats my plan.

Lens wife also has a few tattoos: their childrens names, and their wedding date. Shes a big fan of Lens tattoos, which she helps pick out.

My wife, she wants two more [kids], Len said. So I dont know where Ill put those.

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